We were all so in love with spending the afternoon snuggling sweet baby “L”. She never made a peep her entire photo shoot and was so happy and content. I absolutely love the earthy green tones and the hints of pink and red for this February sweetheart.
I am a clean freak.
I have to have my spaces and places tidy, organized, and spotless. It’s not achievable these days, but man do I strive for it.
So why on earth do I love handing glitter, fake snow, confetti, paint and baked goods to tiny little mess makers and watching them go crazy?
Because I know what it is like to be a parent.
I know what it is like to feel like you are running around cleaning up, doing dishes, chasing the kids, and not being able to stop for a second without guilt to watch your children be children.
I know what it’s like to think “man I’d love to watch my kiddo laugh and play and make a giant mess, care free…but I am too tired to clean it up after.”
I’m there every day, deep in the mom guilt trenches.
It’s basically tug of war with the heart.
So, I do it because I want you to walk into my studio, and for twenty minutes let you sit and watch your children make a mess, laugh, smile, play, learn, all while being content with knowing that you don’t have to pick up the broom or mop after. ( Although you try…bless your heart…and I tell you to put it down and walk away! haha!)
I want you to look back and appreciate those painted little toes, covered in flour, and remember the tiny little details that are BIG time important.
Because when you are all in these moments together, having fun, you will look back and notice those smiles, the big laughs, the eye contact…it’s all focused right at you, Mom and Dad! …they are sharing their happiness with YOU.
and with each other…..
And whether you are ready for it or not, they want you right there with them. Turning the beautiful chaos into beautiful memories.
and you’ll sit down next to them in the middle of it all, and enjoy it!
These sweet little ones will be all grown up before you know it. These big messes that surround you now…they get smaller…so I hear. But right now, I get it. The messes are HUGE. the days are long, the years are short….
all all too soon the adorable matching outfits won’t be so easily persuaded….
So let me handle the mess.
Let them play in it.
Let me clean it.
Your only job is to sit back and enjoy the memories in these messes.
Sibling love is oh so sweet.
We had so much fun giving my Valentine Mini Session backdrop a test run.
Dust off that wedding dress that’s been in the closet for years if you have a little girl and want some absolutely amazing milestone photos.
This beautiful family is going to welcome another baby girl into their hearts next month.
The second baby girl of 2019 for Rae of Life Photography- Baby J
The first sweet baby boy of 2019 for Rae of Life Photography- Baby C
It’s been WAY too long since I”ve put a session up on the blog.
This year I am promising myself to do better at sharing over here, starting with these beautiful people.
Little miss “A” was so cooperative, driifting in and out of sleep and staying so content and patient as her big sister enjoyed give her lots of love. This family certainly is blessed beyond measure.
Our mornings are a whirl wind. Eating, getting dressed, brushing our teeth, and packing her book bag.
I get just a few minutes of every day, before the bus pulls up and turns my house incredibly quiet, where I get to take a deep breath and just watch her and listen to her. Just a few minutes, before I think I want to sit down or get work done, but then end up wanting her running around making messes instead..because the quiet is something I really never want to get used to.
In those few minutes we always head outside.
We play "I Spy." We talk to the chickens.
We catch snowflakes.
These are my favorite few minutes of every day.
Almost all the newborn sessions I photograph are babies who have booked a "First Year Plan."
I get to see them a few times a year to document their biggest milestones! Usually this is Maternity, Newborn, 6 Months (or whenever they are sitting up) and then finally, their 1 Year Portraits!
So, why book a 1 year plan?
Well....because this happens....
Somewhere along the way, in 12 short months, our children seem to go from a snuggly, sleepy baby to a walking toddler!
We have to start grabbing them, squeezing them, and stealing the kisses and hugs that we love so much!
When you book a First Year Plan, you are making a promise to capture these moments, document the milestones, and tell the story of their first year. The most important year to all of you. The year they are welcomed into the world, the year you watch them grow with excitement and wonder, and the year you realize that this is the first of so many more wonderful years to come!
All seamlessly documented, and beautifully captured.
and also because......cake!!!
*Ignore all the old logos :)
Erin and I got together to take some photographs to use for her new blog, and to celebrate her, just because. We embraced the pouring down rain and scattered snow, and had so much fun!! What a fantastic approach to life! Why save feeling good about yourself for special occasions, when we should be embracing our life to our fullest potential by always loving ourselves, no matter what the circumstance. We are allowed to love ourselves, we know this, we want to...but it's one of the hardest things to do. Follow Erin on her amazing and insightful journey where she will inspire and encourage us all to overcome that fear.
"Lets get back in touch with reality and begin the journey of putting ourselves first. Lets get to know and love ourselves because we can’t truly love one another without loving ourselves first." -E
I had so much fun with this beautiful couple at their breathtaking river session!! Paige and Aaron can not wait to meet their sweet baby boy!
This little doll face just turned 3!
We photograph her once in a year in her sweet blue chair. I can't believe how much she has grown. I had so much fun chasing her around and capturing her amazing personality. These are just a handful of sneak peeks from her sweet mini session!
Emelia is turning 1!!
We celebrated with a Cinderella themed session! She was so much fun and just so sweet!
A true little princess!!
My inspiration from the movie for the bubble shots!!! ;)
Jade came to see me for her sweet 6 month milestone session! I just adore this baby girl and her gorgeous lashes <3 She was all smiles!!
This beautiful couple is expecting their precious baby boy at the end of June! We enjoyed a walk along the river in Pulaski, NY and then a visit to Sandy Island Beach for their session.
Lucia is their precious black lab who can't wait to meet her "human" :)
My favorite photo of the bunch is the beautiful silhouette towards the end of this post. It's a must see!!
Sweet little Nora is celebrating her biggest milestone!! I can't believe it's been a year already. I have watched her grow from a tiny little precious peanut to this amazing toddler, with a big grin that will melt anyone's heart! We had so much fun with her cake smash and outdoor family photos!
I can't get over this sweet, amazing, perfect little person!!!
And, his name is Atlas, which makes him even more amazing.
Look at that face!! and if you keep scrolling, you'll find the most amazing newborn smile I have captured yet!!
We battled rain, wind, and a major cold front..... but we were still able to grab some gorgeous photos before this amazing group headed to prom!!! We had a lot of fun!! This was my first time doing prom shots, and my beautiful niece asked me to come capture the memories. She's the first one pictured below, and has grown up way too fast! Also, my cousin is the super handsome young man in the second couple shown below. I was so lucky to have them both in the same place at the same time for these moments!! I've watched them both grow up into such amazing young adults. They make me proud!!! <3
Hope you all had a fantastic night and made some wonderful memories together. These are the days!!!